Tournament Results 2016

The 308th Recorded Meeting in the 344th year of The Society of Archers
was held at Bedale High School., Bedale, North Yorkshire
on Saturday 21 May 2016

The Clerks Report

The 21st day of May 2016 saw gentlemen gather at Bedale High School, North Yorkshire for the 308th Recorded meeting of the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow Tournament. 101 gentlemen shot with 66 carrying the longbow. The day was sunny with a moderate wind.

Lieutenant Lee Bartrop sounded the bugle to bring the gentleman to order. The Captain, Tom Fewz welcomed everyone to Bedale School, informing The Arrow had been returned and was available to be shot for.

Shooting got underway at 10.30am prompt with the Captain and Lieutenant taking aim. With neither gold nor red hit, this led to the rest of the archers shooting. It was quickly established at the first end that the Best Red had been achieved by past Lieutenant Dereck Wilcock. Shooting continued and after a few ends Dereck went one better and shot the first black spot thus becoming the Captain Elect with the Lieutenant Elect passing to Richard Nuttall, carrying his longbow.

Following the regulatory two hours of shooting the judges called a halt to the morning session, with lunch taken in the School Hall. The usual free flowing drink accompannied a good meal, with the Annual Meeting then following.

The meeting passed the proposal put forward, in that the Society would purchase the Captain’s and Lieutenant’s brooches together with the chain link for the Lieutenants bugle.

Further discussion was had on the proceeds of the swear bag and its final destination, with a draft proposal defeated.

With the meeting concluded shooting continued for a further 2 hours with the Judges overseeing the usual good hunoured banter between archers.

Following afternoon tea the Captain’s Lady presented the Trophies to the deserving winners. The presentations were concluded with the gifts to the Lady Scorers, and the usual bottles to the two judges.

The meeting was rounded off by the retiring Captain passing his thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the day.

The proceeds of the swear bag and other donations went to the Captain’s chosen charity, The Parkinsons Society.

Judges: Mr Sean Gleeson & Mr Stephen Howard

The Scorton group of Trophies
Captain of the ArrowDereck Wilcock
Lieutenant of the ArrowRichard Nuttall
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteGareth Pearson
The Scorton Longbow Group of Trophies
The Ben Hird Sword for most Hits, LongbowAdrian Hayes
The Alain Holt Ladle for Highest Score, LongbowKeith Nicholson
The North Ribblesdale Spoon
for Best Longbow Arrow at the 1st end after lunch
Brian Trotter
The Tri-Centenial Trophy for most Golds,LongbowMick Hellewell
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen – born within the County
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreMark Hayes
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsGareth Pearson
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldRichard Nuttall
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersMark Hayes
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScoreDereck Wilcock
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingChris Battersby
The Sweepstakes
Best GoldMark Hayes
Second BestChris Battersby
Third BestMark Hayes
Most GoldsDereck Wilcock
Second MostColin Guy & Mark Hayes
Third Most


We also had the pleasure of the company of:
Ron Batey (L)., Neil Dimmock (L)., Ernest Green (L)., Colin Greenway (L)., John Nuttall (L).

The following Gentlemen entered but did not shoot:
John Ferrier., Richard Ford., Richard Graham., Alan Hoddinott., Allan McVeigh.

Minutes of the 308th Meeting – 21 May 2016

Minutes of the 308th Recorded Meeting held at Bedale High School, Bedale, North Yorkshire on 21st May 2016.

The Captain Thomas JJ Fewz, asked those present to be up standing for the Loyal Toast. Gentlemen archers, who had shot the bow with the Captain in the morning, were asked to remain standing whilst guests retired from the room.

The Captain then proposed the toasts to The Society and The Arrow, The Captain and Lieutenant Elect and absent friends.

The Lieutenant, Lee Bartrop, read the minutes of the 307th meeting. These were accepted as a true record, with the Captain duly signing the Record Book.

Apologies for absence were received beforehand from – Richard Allan, Nigel Bratton, Derek Brown, John Catley, Jonathan Catley, John Ferrier, Alan Hoddinott, Jason Marsh, Martin McCabe, Michael Murphy, Keith Richards, Drew Stapleton, Barry Wainwright, Andy Wilkinson, Mick Winsett, Richard Ford, Lawrence Grant & Frank Lister

The following matters were discussed:

• The Clerk reported the Loyal Message and White Rose had been sent to Her Majesty, The Queen, but to date no reply has been received.
• The agreement with the Royal Armouries to store and display the Silver Arrow, was due to expire soon. The Clerk has signed an agreement to extend this facility for another 5 years. The Clerk pointed out it was the Captain’s choice whether or not to store the Arrow with the Royal Armouries, but this option had been taken up since 2000.
• The accounts for The Society were explained by the Clerk and he pointed out that the current funds stood at £4,445.37, an increase of over £200 since 2015. The costs of calligraphy and insurance are being covered by the raffle and the special Adrian Hayes, Longbow raffle. He saw no problem should we agree to fund the cost of the Captains and Lieutenant Brooches later in the Meeting.
• The Formal Proposal to amend Article 12, to provide the Captain and Lieutenant Brooches and the Lieutenant Silver Link, from Society Funds was considered. This had been issued to Gentlemen with the Notice of this Meeting, after being agreed “in principle” at the 2015 Meeting. The Proposal was agreed by a significant majority with 2 votes against and 2 abstentions. The amendment will now be incorporated into the Articles and Agreements.
• The Clerk read out a letter received from Ernest Green, regarding the distribution of the money raised under Article 23, known as the “swear bag” contents. He was concerned that the Article was not being followed correctly. The Clerk had responded to Ernest acknowledging his concern and it was agreed the letter should be read out today.
• A draft proposal to Amend Article 23, received from Mark Hayes, before the agreed deadline, was read out. This had been issued to Gentlemen with the Notice of this Meeting. The proposal was to allow the Captain to present the funds raised by the “swear bag” to a charity of their choice. The Proposal received general support, but it was pointed out that without appropriate safeguards an inappropriate donation could cause concern and embarrassment to the Society. It was also noted that in certain previous years, the Captain had asked for approval, from the Gentlemen present, to hand the money over to a charity of their choice. This approval had previously been given. It was asked if the Proposal could be amended today to introduce certain safeguards. It was pointed out that the Articles do not allow this to take place.
The Clerk called for a vote on the Proposal, and it was unanimously rejected.
• The Deputy Clerk agreed to re-draft the Proposal to amend Article 23, with a view to introducing certain safeguards and to send this to the Clerk before the required deadline for submissions, to enable it to be considered in principle at the 2017 Meeting.
• It was pointed out, by the Clerk, that donations received by the Captain from various sweepstakes winners, usually during the presentations, were not regulated by Article 23, this only concerns the “swear bag”. The distribution of these donations by the Captain, to a charity of their choice is at the Captains discretion.
• The Captain asked for approval to hand the contents of the swear bag over to the Parkinsons Society, a charity a member of his club had received support from over recent years. The Gentlemen present agreed to this action.
• The outgoing Captain, Tom JJ Fewz presented the Captain and Lieutenant elect, with their Captain and Lieutenant badges.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 14.37.


The Antient Silver Arrow